Code it Forward  – ‘Learn Now and Pay Later’

The Code it Forward initiative will provide an opportunity to enrol on our highly successful Coding Bootcamp — training to become a Web Developer in just 12 weeks — with no tuition fees to pay upfront.

We don’t get paid unless your training is successful and you land a job, so we have an incentive to make it work for you.

In return, students agree to pay a portion of their income after training and securing a job. The Code it Forward initiative has been designed by Develop Me as a radical yet simple solution in partnership with our social enterprise finance partner EdAid. The idea is that we invest and support you into your first role in tech by ‘paying it forward.’

Our ambition is to transform student access to education by removing the financial barriers of entry; allowing low-income or under-represented individuals to access digital skills training connected to highly paid in-demand tech careers.


“Talent is equally distributed but opportunities are not.” — Leila Janah

The ‘Learn Now and Pay Later’ model looks to facilitate economic mobility by providing equal opportunities for everyone who is passionate and motivated to pursue a career in tech.

Develop Me has designed an inclusive financing model that aligns incentives around successful career outcomes for the individual — and not their financial status or affordability to pay in advance. We believe your current financial status shouldn’t hold you back from breaking into a new tech career.

At a time of rapid disruption in our economy, we are driven to explore innovative ways to develop an inclusive and diverse workforce of the future — through investing directly in local talent and providing opportunities for everyone in society.

Bristol is the UK’s second biggest tech cluster after London. It has an estimated 27,000 people doing tech-related jobs, and in 2016 alone there were 226 startups created in Bristol.

However, the demographics of the tech sector have come under scrutiny with most of the major players revealing that their workforces are anything but diverse. As the digital revolution increasingly touches every aspect of our lives, the UK needs a technology workforce that reflects the full diversity of the people who use that technology.

Develop Me will initially create x6 ‘Code it Forward’ places per year on their Coding Bootcamp to train people into long term careers in the rapidly growing Bristol tech sector.

This program is specifically designed for students who are otherwise unable to afford training, outright or through traditional financing methods. We hope to benefit students who are underrepresented in the tech community, including, but not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, educational background or employment history.

How does it work:

  • We train you on one of our full-time 12 week Coding Fellowship Bootcamps
  • Accepted students will have 100% of their training costs financed
  • In return, students agree to pay 10% of their income after training when in work
  • Fully refundable deposit of £250 is required to secure a place on the course
  • Full learning and personal career support will be provided
  • Graduating Students will pay back via an interest free ‘Deferred Payment Plan’ facilitated through our partnership with EdAid
  • Underwriting decisions are based on individual potential rather than your current credit history

Application criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Live in Bristol region
  • Be eligible to work in the UK and hold a National Insurance number
  • Be able to demonstrate long-term interest in entering a career in web development
  • Undertake an affordability assessment by our financial partner EdAid.
  • Be willing to complete a coding task as part of application
  • Be committed to completing all academic requirements of the course, including 40 hours of pre-course preparation material
  • Be available to attend in-person classes according to the training provider’s schedule
  • Commit to participating in the training provider’s job search and career support programme

How to apply:

Step 01 – Initial application:

  • Apply for this deferred payment place using the form below
  • Sent coding task for completion

Step 02 – if you are selected for interview:

  • Attend in-person interview at our Paintworks studio

Step 03 – if you are successfully offered a place

  • Informed of decision
  • Payment of deposit
  • Formalise contract and financial assessment with EdAid
  • Pre-course preparation and start your new career!

Acceptance onto the course is discretionary and subject to assessment by our finance partner EdAid. Places are very limited – so please ensure you apply asap.

Simply complete and submit the form below: